2013/14 Helmet & Goggle Trends At A Glance
We caught up with the industry’s top helmet & goggle designers for a candid look at the trends, forecasts, and fanfare shaping next year’s lines:
Rad Pads--Brands are refining the padding systems found in their helmets. Customizable pads offer four-season flexibility, as well as the option to wear goggles and a beanie beneath brain buckets.
The Certification Story--Consumers are closely examining helmet certifications, seeking out lids that offer stamps of approval for a range of sports.
Premium Performance, Premium Price--Quick-release interchangeable lenses? Oversized frameless designs? Polarized and photochromic lenses that adjust their tint in response to changing light conditions? Yep--riders are shelling out cash for premium optics.
Nerding Out--Increasingly, brands are developing goggles that blur the boundaries between high-end optics and consumer electronics. These goggles rock GPS and Bluetooth technology, as well as heads-up displays that can provide information like speed, altitude, temperature, and resort trail maps. Some of these goggles even sport POV cameras.
Classic Comebacks--Perhaps as a backlash to these other trends, some brands are offering a healthy dose of classic designs that rely on cylindrical lenses. But don't be deceived by their simple appearance--many of these goggles are packing high-end optical performance.